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specific version of 1994's contract with america. the setting was a lumber company in northern virginia, the key points are these. a halt to any stimulus spending that hasn't gone out yet. and a rollback of overall spending to prestimulus, prebailout levels. repeal of the health care reform law. permanent extension of the bush era tax cuts for everybody. along with new tax breaks for small businesses. a freeze in nonsecurity related federal hiring and a requirement that all new legislation pass a constitution check. those last two points are a nod to the tea party which by the way handed several republican candidates their hats in this year's primaries. some brand new polling is boosting republican hopes in the november senate races with one big exception. our cnn senior political editor joins me from d.c. with the stories behind these numbers. let me get started with the numbers. then i want to hear what you to say about it. in pennsylvania, former republican congressman pat toomey leads joe sestak 49% to 44%. wisconsin republican ron johnson leads three-term incumbent russ feingold, 5
senior congressional correspondent dana bash live in sterling, virginia, where the gop unveiled its pledge last hour. dana, what are you hearing? >> you just heard kevin mccarthy. they are talking not only about a legislative agenda but a restoration of trust in government. if you look at the specifics of what they're trying to say, that definitely seems to be part of the goal of these republicans in announcing what they call this pledge to america today. i just had an exclusive interview with the man who is trying to be the speak of the house should the republicans be successful and that is john boehner. as you probably know, he is somebody who has had questions, and certainly democrats, the president included, are raising questions about whether or not he is somebody who is too cozy to lobbyists, and i asked him about that and whether he is willing to say he's going to have more restrictions on lobbyists and do something else to assure people that the perception would change. lift ton what he said. >> i'm a small business guy who stumbled boo this political arena, and when people
bash is in sterling, virginia. dana, are we talking about contract with america 2.0 here? >> reporter: in many ways, yes, kyra, the whole theme as you said among house republicans is to try to convince voters just six weeks before the election that they do have some plans to actually run the government. however, just look at where i am and the images of people remembering in 1994, how different it is. the last thing in the world that republicans wanted to do would be to stand on the steps of the capitol as they did back then representing everything that some of the people that they're really trying to get can't stand. that's why we are here at a small business. that's the emphasis today. the whole question of whether or not anything is different in here, we see a lot of what we have heard. the fact that they want to trim spending, the fact to make tax cuts permanent, the fact to repeal the president's health care plan and there are some small pieces in here that i think are interesting and i should show our viewers and clearly bones, if you will, to tea party voters trying to placate.
in the carolinas and virginia. two to four impbls of rain possible. here is the computer model for the low country, the carolinas. the white indicating as much six inches of rain total. then we have worries with the tropics. friends who live out west, you saw record-breaking temperatures across parts of the southwest. it's going to be hot again today, so we may see some issues as far as fire dangers. we have some action across northwestern caribbean. matthew is not really there, but we're worried about what could spawn from that and drift towards florida and the east coast. magically popped up. as i gave the obvious cue. this area, this is matthew back through here, which is just going to continue to give folks a lot of thunderstorm activity. then another area of low pressure here which the national hurricane center is thinking this could develop and drift that way. so obviously, all eyes on that for southern florida especially. >> looks like a spirl wheel. >>> want to talk to you about the war in afghanistan. an all out offensive to stop a book from going public about it. we'll tell you details a
back-to-school pep talk with the nation's students. coming up, a chat with a virginia teacher who was face-to-face with the president on monday. >>> cuba's seismic shift. a half million government workers getting pink slips. >>> gornlg i'm tony harris. those stories and your comments right here right now in the cnn newsroom. >>> a tea party favorite and a gop candidate locked in a tight race, a long-time congressman battles ethics charges and five opponents. it is primary election day in seven states and the district of columbia. we are spotlighting the hot races. paul steinhauser joining us live from washington, d.c. paul, delaware and, let's say, new hampshire top our list because of what we like to call the tea party factor. >> reporter: you are absolutely right. this last big round of primaries this year, and you've got that kind of crisis going on there on the republican side in the primaries. tea party backed candidates and conservative candidates taking on and gaining strength at the expense of the mainstream republican candidates. long-time did republican candidate mike ca
on the political ticker yet. talk about west virginia and the senate race there. this was the seat long held by the -- robert byrd who died earlier this year. freedom works, it's a conservative group, a grassroots organization that has provided a lot of the organization behind the tea party movement. i spoke to a couple of the people at freedom works today. they're going to get involved in the race and help with get out the vote efforts in west virginia. they think this is a seat they can grab back in the special election come november from the democrats. that's what i got. mark preston has a lot more. >> a lot of talk about the midterm elections. was the white house engaged in the elections, were they not? clearly the president and the vice president is this week. in fact, president obama is in philadelphia. he's raising money for democrats today. vice president biden is in ohio. on wednesday president obama goes to new york city for the u.n. general assembly but will also raise money for house and senate democrats. biden in massachusetts, maryland and florida over the next few days all rai
sensitive, some of it fairly innocuous such as the name of the cia training facility in virginia, that's something you can look up for yourself right on the internet. here's a little bit more of what lieutenant colonel schaeffer had to say about the government action against his memoir. >> there are some things that the army felt they did not want in it. i took them out. there was no argument. if they felt it was sensitive or couldn't be referenced it's out. that process was completed by january of this year. and from there after i received written permission, the written documents went to the publisher and we moved forward. >> so, if he got written permission how did all of this happen? how did it get to the point of the obama administration basically ordering the destruction of 10,000 copies of a book? well, by all accounts it did not get authorized at the higher military intelligence levels of the pentagon. once those folks saw it they got concerned and said indeed there was classified information in it and they had to cut up and destroy the initial run of this book. kyra. >> so wor
. 38 pounds of high fructose corn syrup per american per year. brianna keilar, cnn, arlington, virginia. >> so can i eat it or not? can i? all right. maybe the answers are going to be at cnn.com/eatocracy. i was really paying close attention to that to figure out what i can eat tonight. i still don't know. for mo >>> we are going to take a check of the weather here coming up. i just saw a live picture a moment ago of a couple of live reporters where it was really coming down. maybe we're going to check in with them here shortly as well. it's coming down in buckets along the eastern seaboard today. tropical storm leftovers likely to mean flooding. heading to the cnn severe weather center, next. ♪ [ male announcer ] ever have morning pain slow you down? introducing bayer am, an extra strength pain reliever with alertness aid to fight fatigue. so get up and get goin'! with new bayer am. the morning pain reliever. >>> taking look right now at some of the stories making headlines, we want to start at ft. hood in texas where there have been apparently four suicides there over the weekend. t
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